Remember last year?
Oh, Oh how the democrats facing an angry electorate this November wished they would have listened to the people instead of following Obama, Pelosi & Reid off the cliff.
Say you’re a Democratic member of Congress. You proudly cast your vote for Obamacare, you cheered when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed it as the achievement of a generation and you scoffed at Republicans who vowed to repeal it. Now you’re running for re-election, and a voter asks: What is the most important thing you’ve done in the last two years?
The answer should be easy. In passing the national health care bill, you accomplished something your party dreamed of for decades. It was your most important vote, and now is the time to take credit for it.
Except it’s not.
The reluctance to defend Obamacare as a cost-cutter and deficit-reducer is particularly telling. Wasn’t that the No. 1 reason for passing the bill in the first place? “This legislation will … lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades,” President Obama said when he signed the bill into law on March 23. Now, Democrats are throwing that argument out the window.
It’s no mystery why the party is in retreat. The public’s disapproval of Obamacare hasn’t changed in the last five months. The RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows 52 percent of Americans oppose the new law, while 39 percent support it. A variety of pollsters — Rasmussen, CNN, Pew, and CBS News — all find significantly more opposition than support. And there’s not just opposition but enthusiasm for outright repeal. “Overall support for repeal has ranged from 52 percent to 63 percent since the law was passed by Congress in March,” writes Rasmussen.
Just a few months ago, Obama issued a very public challenge to opponents who seek to dump Obamacare. “For those Republicans and folks who are on the ‘repeal’ platform, my attitude is, go for it,” the president told a cheering crowd at a Democratic fundraiser in Florida April 15. “I’ll have that fight. We’ll have that argument.”
Well, the time to fight, the time to argue, has arrived. But with everything on the line, the president’s party is trying to run away.
Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess represents the 26th District in Texas, talks about de-funding and repealing ObamaCare. The fight has begun.